WHITE CANE DAY

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Welcome to the official website for the Austin, Texas, White Cane Day celebration. Check back often to see what's been added.

And the winner is ...

Drum Roll please ... The White Cane Day t-shirt design contest winner is number 8 “Bright Future” by Lydia Blanchard. Please read the letter below that she submitted with her design. The T-shirt color will be dark chocolate brown and the slogan on the back will read: “A person can change his FUTURE, by merely changing his ATTITUDE.” Please check back in July to see the final outcome. In the meantime, Ms. Blanchard will be working with a graphic artist in DADS Media to complete the final details of the design so it will be ready for posters, mailers, flyers and the T-shirt. Thank you to all that voted. Stay tuned for another design contest for 2015’s White Cane Day T-shirt.

Planning Begins

It is time again to plan for this year's White Cane Day celebration and events. Meetings will be held at the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, 4800 N. Lamar Blvd., in Austin. Meetings will start at 10:15a. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 29, in the Recreation Room, room number 110 on the first floor. Come and help make the 2014 White Cane Day bigger and better than last year.

WCD Committee Meeting Notes

If you have missed a meeting of the WCD Committee, check here to find out what has been happening. Files will either be in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2010 formats.

Sponsors

The 2013 Sponsors (Word 2010 document, 15 KB) has been posted. Download the linked document and be sure to check out and thank all of the sponsors on White Cane Day.

2013 T-shirt images and description

Here are the images and description for this year's shirt.

Media Coverage

Here is a list of some of the media coverage, whether it be online or otherwise, that White Cane Day has gotten:

White Cane Day is Social Networking

On Facebook: Yes, you can now find White Cane Day on Facebook. Be sure to visit the official White Cane Day Facebook page and become a friend or fan of White Cane Day!

Need a cane?

On 8/19/08, the National Federation of the Blind issued the following press release. There doesn't appear to be any closing date on the offer, so it's assumed that it is open from now on. Read on for details on how you can get a free white cane.

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), has launched an initiative to ensure that any blind person in the United States and Puerto Rico who needs a long white cane will have one, regardless of their ability to pay. The NFB will provide a free cane to anyone in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico who is blind or has low vision and who uses or desires to use a white cane in order to travel independently. This historic initiative is the largest effort ever of its kind to provide white canes to individuals who are blind or have low vision.

The long white cane provides an effective means for blind students to get to school, blind adults to get to work, and blind seniors to remain active.

It is estimated that 109,000 of the 1.3 million legally blind people in the United States use a white cane. By supplying canes free of charge, this program provides the opportunity for all blind Americans to have a white cane and to participate fully in society.

The National Federation of the Blind will provide a straight, light fiberglass cane to any blind individual in the United States or Puerto Rico who requires the cane for personal use. Canes are available from between 53 and 69 inches. Individuals may only request one free cane in any six-month period.

Click here to Apply for a free cane from the NFB.

History

Here are some sites with information on the history of White Cane Day and the white cane.

Online Resources

View past shirts for White Cane Day

Need a cane? Here's a list of places that sell them:

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about White Cane Day, this site, or the Austin celebration/events, then email:

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